When it’s time to put away your work shoes for good, there are no better places in the Palmetto State to spend your golden years than these.
South Carolina: land of beaches, lazy days, warm weather, golf, and, of course, the home state of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, the epitome of smooth, relaxing music. In short, South Carolina is a retiree’s dream. Obviously, some places in the state are going to be better for retiring than others.
How We Created This Ranking
We know you’ve worked hard, perhaps for most of your life; so now that it’s coming time to (finally!) retire, we’re taking the work out of it for you. We came up with five measurable criteria to pinpoint precisely which places in South Carolina would be the best for your every retirement need:
- Cost of living (high)
- Crime rate (low)
- Weather (average summer temperature and air quality)• Ease of travel (distance to nearest international airport)
- Retiree amenities per capita (healthcare, adult education, dining, shopping, libraries, arts & entertainment)
#2 Bluffton, SC
Bluffton may be one of the most charming towns we’ve seen, let alone on our list. With its Old Town situated, postcard-like, along the May River, the old Rose Hill Mansion sprawling across the lawn like an advertisement for the state, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q’s ribs… it’s pretty much anyone’s dream, especially for those retirees who have saved up to afford it.
With some of the most retiree amenities per capita, Bluffton living doesn’t exactly come cheap. The cost of living here is nine percent higher than the national average. Of course, in our analysis, this was good news for its ranking. Perhaps not surprisingly, Bluffton had the same weather score in our analysis as its neighbor, Hilton Head Island, tying the two at the top of this criterion. Plus,with just 3,282 crimes per 100,000 people, Bluffton was also one of the 10 safest on our list.